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Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

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- Excellent Ngorongoro Crater location
- Maasai village visits
- Guided walks
- Family friendly

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Lemala Ngorongoro is a high-quality tented camp on the rim of the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. The crater is one of the most impressive geological features in Africa with a great variety of landscapes and wildlife. Although its location on the northern side of the crater is the best in the area for weather, warm clothing is a must since adverse conditions are not uncommon at these altitudes.

The well-appointed main canvas mess tent houses separate lounge and dining areas and a central bar. Internet access and battery charging facilities are available in the communal areas and there is 24-hour solar-powered electricity.

The accommodation comprises 9 spacious and cosy tents in twin or double formation with winter weight duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with free-standing wash basin, flush toilet and large safari shower with luxurious, fluffy towels and bathrobes. Attentive staff provide hot water promptly on request and there is a laundry service.

Activities are centred on drives down into the Ngorongoro Crater. The camp’s location just below the main park gate makes for quick and easy access to the crater floor, giving guests the best chance of being first to arrive in the morning, a critical advantage when trying to avoid the potentially heavy traffic. Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, hippo and rhino are found year-round and birdlife is breath-taking. Note that animals are highly accustomed to vehicles which makes for good, if somewhat relaxed, sightings. Guided walks with park rangers are available (pre-booking essential), along with visits to a number of local Maasai villages.

Children over the age of 6 are welcome, with child rates applying to those aged 6-16. As with all camps in the Lemala portfolio, fun and educational activities are offered to keep children entertained and inform them about local conservation, culture, and wildlife. They might join the chefs in the kitchen, go on guided walks around camp or toast marshmallows on the camp fire. Note that the camp is unfenced and although there is no extreme risk, children must remain under parental supervision at all times.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is known for its friendly staff and good camp spirit. While the location's popularity means that lots of vehicles tend to congregate, it is still possible to avoid the crowds and ultimately nothing can detract from the spectacular beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and the enjoyment of a stay in this smart and comfortable camp.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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